Manchester City players were left fuming in the dressing room after watching replays of Liverpool’s controversial opening goal in a 3-1 loss at Anfield on Sunday, midfielder Elkay Gundogan has said. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Premier League Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball inside his own box in the sixth minute but instead of a City penalty the hosts broke and 22 seconds later Fabinho drilled in a spectacular goal from outside the box.
The goal was checked by VAR and allowed to stand as Liverpool went on to clinch the victory and move nine points clear of City in the Premier League title race.
Their sense of criticism would expand when Liverpool went ahead 22 seconds later. Mane’s low cross was not cleared with any conviction by Ilkay Gundogan and, with no City challenges coming, Fabinho took a touch and ripped the sweetest of drives past Claudio Bravo from 25 yards.
Liverpool bowed the secure and their second goal was created by their pillaging full-backs. Alexander-Arnold swapped the play from right to left with a 60-yard permit to Andy Robertson, whose cross invited Mohamed Salah to flash in on Angelino’s blindside.
We saw the happening again in the dressing room then and for me, clearly, it’s a penalty but if you ask a Liverpool player they would say, you can give it but it’s maybe a 50-50 condition, Gundogan told reporters. It takes a hard attitude to fight counter to that and inappropriately, they scored the second conventional after.
City are aiming to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to win three consecutive Premier League titles but now occupy fourth spot in the table.
Last season, City recovered in the second half of the campaign to erase Liverpool’s 10-point lead at the top and Gundogan wants the same level of commitment from his team mates. We have to accept it, but there is a long way to go. Last season in January we were rather far behind and able to turn it around Gundogan added.